The 75-day long 'COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava' concluded on Friday with total 27 per cent coverage of precaution dose among the eligible population.
Speaking to media, Panigrahi said, "Odisha has a stock of only 2.21 lakh Covishield jabs. Except Bhubaneswar, all the districts were supplied with Covishield for the vaccination drive. So we need more Covishield vaccine for the booster dose."
So far, less than 1 per cent of the target population of 77 crore in the 18-59 age group have been administered the precaution dose.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 last year with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. Vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2 last year.
The team's test protocol was trialled with several captive and around 250 wild bats as part of a larger study. They discovered none were positive for SARS-CoV-2, although some were positive for other coronaviruses.
India on Thursday relaxed the waiting period for Covid-19 vaccine precaution dose for those travelling abroad, allowing them to get the jab before the stipulated nine months, as per the rules of their destination country.
Ghebreyesus added that the highly effective antivirals such as Pfizer's Paxlovid "are still not accessible to people in low- and middle-income countries," even as reports claim that nearly 600,000 courses of the highly effective Covid pill are piled up unused in the US.
The researchers measured effectiveness by comparing reported COVID-19 incidence and mortality rates in counties with very low (0-9 per cent), low (10-39 per cent), medium (40-69 per cent), and high (70 per cent or more) vaccination coverage.
According to the US drug major, the new vaccine targets several mutations abd produced a stronger immune response against the major virus variants, including Omicron and Delta, than the company's current shots, CNBC reported.
India opened up vaccination for the 15-18 years age-group on January 3.
The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 years of age to be inoculated against the viral disease from May 1 last year.
The Centre said it is relevant that there is a logical rationale in not disclosing raw data either segregated or otherwise and the citizens have a reason to rely upon the statutory system in place, the wisdom of domain experts consisting of statutory committees and the decision-making process while going for vaccination.
Around 99 percent of the eligible adult population have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Odisha, the Director of Health and Family Welfare, Bijay Panigrahi, informed on Saturday.
Vaccination of children in the age group of 15-18 years began on January 3 across the country.
The researchers found that B cells targeted against SARS-CoV-2 persisted in the germinal centres - like boot camps where B cells are trained to make ever-better-quality antibodies - of all participants for months. Even six months after vaccination, 10 out of 15 people still had B cells in their germinal centres.